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Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn [Kindle Edition]

Ridley Pearson , Tristan Elwell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's supposed to be a happy day at the Magic Kingdom—the return of the teenaged holographic hosts. But things go very wrong when a sudden lightning storm disrupts the celebration, and Amanda's mysterious sister, Jez, disappears. The only clue is the sighting of a wild monkey in the Magic Kingdom during the storm. The mystery deepens as Finn is contacted by Wayne, an old man he hasn't heard from in months. Wayne tells Finn that there's trouble at the Animal Kingdom: the evil Overtakers have gained control of one of the computer servers that will be used to operate Daylight Holographic Imaging there. That means that if any of the holographic hosts fall asleep, they will go into comas—permanently. Filled with action and brimming with the same meticulous detail as The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, this second book in the series —The Rise of Chernabog—is the result of hands-on research behind the scenes at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. Young and older readers alike will get a glimpse into a second Disney kingdom. The wild rides have only just begun; and the clock is ticking. How long can the teens keep themselves awake in their quest to find their friend—and what happens if they fail?

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In this sequel to The Kingdom Keepers: Disney after Dark (2005), Disney World is again in danger. The five Kingdom Keepers must battle Maleficent and the Overtakers, who threaten to capture them while they sleep, so the kids must stay awake from the beginning of the battle to its end. Can they do it, or will the urge to sleep be too intense? Lane uses perfectly timed dramatic pauses to build on the suspense-filled story. A number of characters speak with accents (British and African American), and Lane’s interpretations are authentic sounding and crisp. Upbeat music begins and ends each disc. Kids who loved the first title (also available from Brilliance) won’t be disappointed. Grades 5-8. --Anna Rich

About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Killer Summer, Killer View and Killer Weekend, the bestselling Lou Boldt crime series, and many books for young readers. He lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing his time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.

Product Details

  • File Size: 760 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423103653
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion; Reprint edition (November 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004D4YIKC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read for Disney Fans and Cast Members Alike September 4, 2008
Having been a Disney cast member for many years, I read Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, and now it's sequel Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn with great interest. Both offer a fun read for kids and adults alike. With "Disney at Dawn," author Ridley Pearson has continued his story of the Kingdom Keepers, a group of school children who originally modeled for the fictional holographic Interactive Host Program at Disney's Magic Kingdom but who now find themselves the unofficial protectors of Disney. In the original story, the kids are magically transported into the Magic Kingdom at night while they're asleep. Their mission - to find out who is behind the mysterious goings on in the park after dark. Animatronic figures are roaming the parks and Disney characters have come alive, including the villians. Now, in the sequel, the kids again find themselves in the park; this time in Disney's Animal Kingdom. They must delve deeper into the mystery of the Overtakers, to find out which super villian is really in charge and what horrible scheme the villians have in mind. Fans of Disney, especially cast members past and present, will enjoy the refereneces to familiar locations and settings. Sure, there are some glaring errors (Ridley, it's Fantasmic, not the fantasmics) and some lesser errors that only cast members will appreciate (there are some interesting assumptions concerning ride operation and cast member IDs for example) but it is a work of fiction, so those mistakes offer an additional element of interest for those of us who work in the industry. I strongly recommend this series as a wonderful read for all ages. With page-turning actions, humorous dialogue, and engaging characters, it's a fun addition to any library!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! February 1, 2010
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If you're a Disney addict and looking for a book to help "tie you over" until your next trip, get the Kingdom Keeper books!
It's really great to be able to totally visualize where the kids are when you've been there many times.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Keeper February 6, 2010
A Kid's Review
I was very excited when I learned of the sequel to Kingdom Keepers. I was very disappointed, however, when I began reading. This was a badly written, obviously thrown together sequel without much in terms of story or dimensions to the characters; and I'm not somebody who believes that books meant for children and teens cannot have substance. The dialogue and character thoughts are aimless and very repetitive, the action without direction and sense much of the time.
And as in the first book, which I forgave, there are many mistakes written about the parks and attractions themselves. Don't authors have people that do research for them and check these things? Even if the story is fictional, the places are real.
So much more could be done with the idea set forth here: an adventure in the Disney parks come to life! This series is really falling short though.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! August 30, 2008
By Alex M!
This book grabs your attention, and you never want to stop reading this! Like all of Ridley's books, they are fast and fun! There is not one part that is boring! This is a must have for all DISNEY fan!
Can't wait For KKIII
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Get on with it!!!!! November 13, 2008
By dox
I don't know what Ridley Pearson is waiting for. The first and second book both repeatedly refer to the "overtakers" but so far we've met only one. The Disney villain roster is a myriad of frightful miscreants but Pearson has for some reason centered on Malificent only. Granted, she is probably the most intriguing of all the D.V.'s, but where's the evil Queen from snow white? Where's Captain Hook? Where's Ursala,Hades, Scar, Jafar,or the evil Step-Mother? With all this evil talent it is dissapointing to see that Pearson has a short sighted approach and lazily depends on one character (and her Audio-animatronic pawns)to provide the conflict.

In Book one, Malificent refers to her master as a "she", which led me to beleive that the second book would reveal the evil Queen to materialize in book 2 to give the Kingdom Keepers a whole new challenge. Instead, Pearson impliments(barely)Chernabog as the new big villain. We're talking about a one-dimensional character, who spends all of 5 minutes in Fantasia doing nothing more than flailing his arms about and making frowny faces at some mountain side village. Not exactly the scheming type. And isn't he the size of a mountain? How are we to accept that this guy is hiding inside a fake mountain that's full of roller coaster track. It just doesn't make sense.

I understand that this book is intended for younger readers, but that doesn't mean that the author should phone it in. He has an infinite cast of characters that most writers would love to work with and he is simply not taking advantage of it. The idea of the Kingdom Keepers series is appealing to not just younger readers, but to also those of us who just enjoy seeing our favorite characters from our favorite place come to life. Unfortunately, Ridley Pearson is not living up to the potential of these stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome January 23, 2013
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I chose this rating because the book was amazing. I am 10 years old and the kingdom keepers were better than before.
I recommend this book to every age. It was funny and kept you biting your nails the whole time. READ IT NOW
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom keepers are great for Disney fans January 23, 2013
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These books are exciting, amazing to read and a must for all Disney fans to read over the age of 14 when the magic is needing a boost of the Disney Aura.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
After I read one I was hoping for good and here it is this one was great. It is probably the best in the series.
Published 5 days ago by waffle Zack
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Great book they really keep you guessing.I never had a moment where I was bored. Can't wait to read the rest of the series
Published 8 days ago by Anna Withrow
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
A nice large book with 63 chapters shows action, adventure, and courage. It is a must read Kingdom Keepers book.
Published 11 days ago by Lori Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is another great book in the series. I love the fact that adult or kid can enjoy it. Love any type of stories that involve theparks.
Published 14 days ago by cjs in NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to put it down!
Even though it's considered a young adult book, if you are a Disney fan, you will enjoy it. I love Walt Disney World and with the story taking place there, it's a fun read.
Published 16 days ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS GREAT
I loved this book it was full of adventure and excitement. I have to say that Ridley Pearson is my favorite author!
Published 19 days ago by Cindy Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
it was... Read more
Published 20 days ago by eoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Finn, Amanda, Jez, Willa, Charlene, Maybeck, Philby, and Wayne are awesome!!!! !!!!!! !!!!! I also love how hi tech this story is!!!
Published 22 days ago by Stocking
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!!!!
This book was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo great! I really enjoyed it. It wad filled with action and a lot of adventure! It was awesome-!
Published 23 days ago by #GirlFriend
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
Great Book. It is now my second favorite book. Kingdom keepers rock. Can't wait to read the third book. GO KINGDOM KEEPERS.
Published 27 days ago by Sweet
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Ridley Pearson (, the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Wadham College, Oxford University, is the bestselling author of over 35 novels including, Peter And the Starcatchers (co-written with Dave Barry), the young adult novel, The Kingdom Keepers, and two dozen crime novels including: Probable Cause, Beyond Recognition and Killer Weekend (July 2007). His novel The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer, a prequel to a Stephen King miniseries, was a New York Times #1 bestseller, as was Peter and the Shadow Thieves (#1 for 6 weeks). Ridley adapted The Diary Of Ellen Rimbaurer for ABC Television; it aired in 2003.

Peter and the Starcatchers is to open as a stage play, off-Broadway in March 2011, under Disney Theatrical.

Ridley is a founding member of, and plays bass guitar in, the all-author rock band, The Rockbottom Remainders (, with Dave Barry, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, Amy Tan and Greg Iles. The band has raised over 2.5 million dollars for charities over its 18 year history.

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